Do you ever have those moments where it’s not that you don’t have anything to blog about but just the opposite? When there’s just so much you could say that you just don’t know where to start? That’s how my past couple weeks have been. Between the news and other things I just know if I started I could go on forever. And frankly, not only do I just not want to give some of it that type of attention, I just don’t have that kind of time. My little tulip is running all over the place now and keeping me quite busy – Which I have to say is a good way to help pass the winter days since we can’t spend a lot of time outside.

One thing I realized with all this indoor time is that the news and I just don’t mix. The other day I pondered why I even bother watching it at all. Between the weathermen who get off on snow storms/bad weather with spray painted hair and the anchorwoman who recently had some type of plastic surgery done that hasn’t quite healed yet – leaving her looking totally strung out (and dammit, I still can’t put my finger on what she had done) and then the stories themselves (like a week’s worth of coverage of a 7 year old mansion that burned down recently in an upscale neighborhood and barely a 30 second mention of another house fire in a poorer area)  it’s all just one big aggravation and bad news most of the time. But, when you have to keep track of whether or not your water is safe to consume and when it’s 30 below outside you just gotta take the bad with the good and endure it all. I’ll be so glad when spring gets here!

We had a teaser of spring last weekend – It reached 50 degrees outside. It was just like the trip home from the hospital after having Adriana. The middle of January and it was like 60 degrees outside. I’ll never forget it. My little tulip, reminding me that spring is coming soon.

Last weekend was her first birthday party. She had so much fun. Even with several people not making it, our little house was still quite full. It is a great feeling to know that she is loved by so many. Though, I must say, she is kinda hard NOT to love.  🙂

Oh and let me tell you about her cake! It turned out absolutely perfect…

My aunt did an amazing job!

My aunt did an amazing job!

The birthday party was also the first time I’ve had my mother and grandmother together since Adri’s been here so I made sure to get some 4 generations pictures of all of us…

Four Generations

Four Generations

I have one from when I was a baby with my mother, Oma and “Little Oma” (great grandma) complete with the goofy 80’s style clothing. I didn’t think I’d be able to have a picture like this with my little girl but I am so glad that it came to be. My grandmother’s mother’s maiden name was De Leeuw which translates into “The Lion” and we’ve said for years how apropos that name was. But one thing is for sure: The women of our family are definitely strong and stubborn but, when it comes to us, love trumps all. I’m so glad that tulip will have this picture too.

Speaking of tulips – I made good on one of my resolutions and booked our trip for the Tulip Time Festival year! I am so excited and looking forward to our first of what I hope will become an annual family tradition for us.

And wouldn’t you know, today is also Tulip Day.

Happy Tulip Day!

Happy Tulip Day!

With the tulip season beginning it’s a little reminder that spring is right around the corner and the winter, though it has been beautiful, is coming to a close. Soon the days will be longer; The grass greener; The new buds will start to emerge from the ground…And I’m so looking forward to it!


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